Ms. Collins' students went on a Goosechase for information about Blues music history today. They will read Lemon Brown by Walter Dean Myers in class, so needed a little perspective about mood and tone. Goosechase app allows up to ten teams to follow a scavenger hunt in order to collect the most points. The Lemon Brown Goosechase missions included activities to learn about our print and online primary and secondary resources while learning some background information on the origin of American Blues Music. When teams completed a task, they were instructed to snap evidence to submit for points. Ms. Dextre' reviewed team contributions. She assigned additional points for good evidence and deducted points for incomplete evidence.
The winning teams won a little prize, but all students were engaged and having fun along the way. Look at our gallery above to see some artifacts created today.
We hear you! By popular demand, our annual Manga Mania event has become a monthly event. Our Manga Mania club is student-led and interest driven. During our first meeting, students took time to learn each other's names and interests by listing their three favorite Anime characters.
They finished the day with a fun round of Pictionary with Anime characters. The first meeting was a hit and we are looking forward to our next meeting on October 15th.
Any student interested in joining needs to sign up at the media entrance and have a ride home at 3:30.
Our DigiLit Club is finding meaningful 3D printing projects. In yesterday's meeting, students read an article about the benefits of using 3D printing to map a person's brain from a MRI scan.
Inspired by the One Million Lights Project, our goal is to send this light to Uganda for a student without electricity in their home.
Next DigiLit Meeting and the last one of the year!
Wednesday, May 20
please have your ride pick up at 4pm.
Our learning commons is a great spot for showing off our student work. Ms. Lauck, 7th Grade Social Studies teacher, was pleased with her recent student projects. The Action History Figure project combined research of a notable WWII political leader with hands-on reproduction of the leader's characteristics. The students used cereal boxes to cut a display out of the front, cover in plastic and added historically-accurate embellishments. The biography was attached to the rear of the box, and the "action figure" was created for the inside of the box. Most converted real dolls, but some students used shadow-box figures or even created them from clay!
Students enjoyed this creative project and we have the artifacts to prove it. Way to go, Tundra Wolves!
Our Medieval Family Fair was a great success! We started with a PTA meeting to vote in our new members for 2015-2016. After the meeting, our families got together for some games: The Black Death: Will You Survive? was a game of chance. Participants in "towns" rolled the dice to pull beans out of a bag to determine their fate. A black bean was certain death, a red bean meant infection and the white bean meant you were safe.
You can see by the pouty faces in the death wagon area that some didn't make it to the end. The PTA board was the luckiest group among us! After they took a break to shop and look at our 3D printing, the group came back to do a quick simulation of life in a feudal society. They were taxed M & Ms!
Our club members met today to learn how to use Sketchup Make for printing in 3D. We're getting use of our Makerbot Mini Replicator. We can't thank Wake Electric enough for their support through the Bright Ideas grant.
We certainly saw some bright ideas today! Mr. Peebles, our CTE Technology teacher, was on hand to assist students in using the Sketchup Make program to build items. They started today's meeting by reading an article from MasterSketchup.com called, "8 Tips for 3D Printing with Sketchup". They learned to build their objects with closed shapes, to keep a thickness when building sides and to limit their design to a 4" cube. Using their own problem-solving skills, students asked questions, consulted online tutorials, researched dimensions from manufacturer sites, and looked for creative ideas on 3D printing forums like Thingiverse.
They worked right up until the end of our club time. Time flies when learning is fun!
We'll be back on April 1st for more DigiLit fun.
February is a perfect time to share my love of books with our WMS Wolves. Our speed dating activity builds reading excitement by allowing our students to put their hands on books in a wide range of interest, format and level. Students decide their interests for themselves in an energetic and fun activity promoting the love of the written word. They can rate their date in Today's Meet for a chance to win a small prize in the month of February.
Mike West, ITF